Brownout 666: or the Real Meaning of the Swastika PDF



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  1. Purple Flurple Purple Flurple says:

    Brownout 666 is a really involving but pretty dark read. The author unapologetically lets protagonist Rick Daly engage in some seedy underworld activities, and credit to him for not sugar-coating the story the way most do these days. In my opinion the best books leave you feeling conflicted rather than forcing the relative emotions onto the reader at every twist and turn. On one hand I couldn’t condone some of the actions, but on the other I really felt for Rick and the spiral to the bottom he found himself on.

    A great challenge for those who are sick of the predictable mainstream fiction market.


  2. ReReadables ReReadables says:

    I love a good thriller novel and 'Brownout – 666' by John Spencer certainly grabbed my attention in the first few chapters and kept me engaged right through to the conclusion, It was fast-paced, exciting, and in some places, completely shocking. Rick, the protagonist, grows and changes as the novel progresses, but you will be wondering whether his growth is genuine or just a necessity thanks to his circumstances. You see, Nick is a man seeking his fortune in the Philippines and he isn't exactly looking to do things the right way. Naive and a slave to women, he soon finds himself in prison, and it is not long before her discovers how different things in a Philippines prison are from those in Western countries.

    This was a really decent piece of thriller writing, but it is not for the shy and retiring type. There were quite a few graphic sex scenes, and Rick's behaviour can range from the distasteful to downright awful. But, it is an engrossing piece of fiction that will reward you with a unique plot and a diverse cast of characters.


  3. Rabid Reads Rabid Reads says:

    If you are looking for an exciting new read then look no further than Brownout 666 by John Spencer. It starts off with a bang, throwing you right into the action, setting the tone for a novel that is full of sex, violence, drugs, and tension. The main character Rick is a Western guy looking to make his fortune in the Philippines, but his lust for women and a few shady dealings gets him into some serious trouble. And when you get into trouble in the Philippines, you really get into trouble.

    The characters were interesting, the plot was unpredictable and unexpected, particularly as the title and the synopsis gives so little away. Brownout 666 should be a surprise to you too, so I'm not going to give any more away. Just pick up a copy and get ready for quite the ride.


  4. Dusty Books Dusty Books says:

    Well this was a very interesting book for me. I say interesting because the protagonist is a White man trying his luck in the Philippines and oh no he just gets into trouble all because of his sexual escapades and his ambition to be a successful furniture business man over there. I felt sorry for him because hey, I guess his weakness is women but I also felt angry at him for being so careless and clueless about it all. I had felt kind of nervous about delving into this book because of its abominable titling (the triple 6 number but my soldier-esque reader spirit assured myself that it is just a work of fiction and that with God as my guardian angel, the devil will not seize me in any way.)

    I guess if I put my analytical skills to use, I will interpret this book as a man’s unfortunate experience of being White and living overseas where he is being taken advantage of because of the idea that White man means lots of wealth and success and that if you nab one to marry, then he will be a step-up for you and your family. I wondered about the author of this book if he is writing from a negative experience he had with Filipino women because his tone isn’t very positive in regards to them. I don’t know, I’ll let you decide for yourself when you make the choice of purchasing this ebook after my review.

    I have sympathy for the protagonist but in a way, I also felt frustrated with him and his continuous stupidity of seeking casual sex with random women and never thinking about the consequences that result from his actions. I understand that he is young, masculine, and ambitious but sometimes you have to practice moderation. The ending of this book was enough to make me sigh and erase some of my discomfort with him. It also explains the bizarre title of the book itself. If you are looking for a sexual book then this is your book right here. If you are intimidated by bizarre sexual content, then I advise you to stay away. In the end it does have a positive message about staying strong through hard times and that you have to be careful when you go to a foreign country.


  5. Stephen R. Stephen R. says:

    “Brownout” is an interesting novel for anyone who likes a little travel in their novel. I know America. I’ve been here quite a while. I know the kind of trouble people can get in. But when you move the story to another part of the world that I don’t much about, that adds an extra layer of interest to your book.

    Setting, plot, characters, and writing style all work together in this novel. The plot is fast-paced, starting media res, right in the middle of an action sequence, before slowing down to introduce the characters. And while not super deep, the characters read naturally enough. They’re understandable, relatable, and hold natural conversations. It’s not a character study, so they work as they are.

    The high point for me, though, is the descriptive quality of the writing. You’ll feel that you’re in the action. It’s much deeper than most modern novels that leave you to imagine the setting as you will.


  6. Grady Grady says:

    “Teaching …is sort of like being a policeman without a gun, surrounded by criminals.”

    Author Mr. John Richard Spencer appears to be making his literary debut with this book BROWNOUT-666. There is no biographical data available so we can only imagine the depth of experiences that allow him to write such a vivid novel about strange circumstances.

    One aspect is certain: without taking a breath John jumps into his chosen setting of the Philippines and sets the tone for this intriguing story – ‘An uncanny tone pierced the stifling tropical air. A brilliant flash tore the firmament asunder. Then, amidst the blasted debris, a deafening cacophony arose. The sudden arrival of a rocket-propelled grenade was all too apparent. Chilling screams and the acrid smell of burning flesh accompanied the shattering of glass. Smoke billowed from the second-floor balcony of the Intercontinental while a line of tanks cautiously surveyed the scene from the Paseo de Roxas. Swirling overhead in elongated circles WW II vintage warplanes, known as Tora Toras, were bombing Malacanuang Palace. The December sunshine competed with flashes of artillery fire while rebel soldiers took key installations, one after the other. It was the second day of the coup against the yellow lady, Cory Aquino, who in 1989 was at the zenith of her power and folly. The wish of death had been palpably hanging over this otherwise idyllic paradise for a good many years. From high on verdant hills the fortresses of the privileged and wealthy gazed nonchalantly on the slums of the others below. Priests in their pulpits preached brotherly love, countless unwanted babies made their way into the world, the armies of beggars looked as hopeless as ever and virtually anything could be bought, or arranged, for a price. Yes, for the Philippines, it was almost business-as-usual. Somehow rising to his feet in the blinding dust, the thirty-something, six-foot tall and slightly muscular Rick Daly strode over the detritus of the balcony and slipped inside the body of the building. He was too dazed to speak. He merely nodded in an inane fashion at every movement or gesture directed his way. After fifty meters or so an immovable obstacle made its existence known. The bar, surprisingly, still boasted intact bottles of whiskey along with surrogate promises. Habit or shock caused Rick to grab the first full bottle and pour a generous portion down his throat.’ And so we meet the central character of this book.

    John’s outline of the plot reveals not only story but also his philosophy: ‘In the land of flaunted sex, money, and flexible rules, an ambitious but lonely Rick Daly faces his demons. Rick Daly has established a business in the exotic surroundings of the Philippines, while simultaneously discovering Marilyn Delgado, the woman of his dreams. However, a clash of cultures and his own naiveté lead to disaster. Falsely accused of a sexual crime, Rick loses both his freedom and his business. To add insult to injury, a prison escape merely amounts to switching jails. In a world where the rich prosper, honest individuals are forced to the wall, and a cynical disregard for all but the dollar is destroying society from within, crime soon follows punishment for Rick. Close to losing his soul, will Rick's ultimate success in drug and arms dealing finally lead him to face up to reality?

    The flavor of the book is achieved by John’s survey of a high octane adventure, which will takes us into a sea of cultural and ethical flashpoints, while exposing huge cracks in the world’s political and social order, supplanting it all with erotica that adds its own flavor to the story. There is a screenplay potential within these pages. Recommended.


  7. Laila Viking Laila Viking says:

    A story that has a lot going on. The blurb did not fit the story but it is still worth the read. I liked the characters and how they are described. Sometimes too much was going on for me and that was a bit confusing. You really have to keep up with the events and characters.
    It is well written and has a nice storyline. The way the author describes the places and characters in this story was really a nice touch. That made the story worth the read.


  8. Bish Bosh Bish Bosh says:

    This is an epic story concerning the Daly family, taking in a lifetime of their experiences and many international changes of scene. As soon as you pick it up it’s straight into the action and following Rick Daly on vacation in Thailand. There he finds beautiful women, lots of sex and is the victim of a robbery. These, you realise quickly, are repeating themes. The story switches between that of Rick and his Uncle Christopher, cataloguing each’s own set of circumstances, trials and tribulations. I won’t reveal too much by way of a spoiler, but characters are introduced throughout the story, with their own understanding of the highly charged emblem of the swastika. This is a complex, twisting tale involving crime, punishment and injustice, told in an innovative way. Although the story’s backdrop navigates the globe, it reads like an insiders’ guide to the Philippines and Filipino culture, so much so that you can almost feel the hot sticky temperatures and taste the food!


  9. Minion Reviews Minion Reviews says:

    One of the first things to hit me as I began reading Brownout was that it was as if I was watching this on the big screen. The language is so well crafted and visually stimulating I did feel I was deep in the thick of the action and the story was happening around me. Spencer’s literary dexterity is truly a marvel, and Brownout is an incredible read. Whether describing the lush landscape of the Philippines, the vivid scenes of destruction, or the subtleties of character interaction, everything was handled with the greatest of skill.

    A truly enjoyable book I will definitely read again.


  10. Red Apple Red Apple says:

    I don’t normally read these types of books, and this is a difficult book to categorise anyway, but I’m very glad I read it. Spencer has done a great job with such controversial subject matter. There is a solid plot, at least in my opinion, and an interesting setting with much more besides. Those who love crime action and and books that are difficult to classify will, I think, not be disappointed. Well worth a read, and I’ll be going back through it another time as I’m sure there was a lot I missed first time around. I’m looking forward to more other books Spencer will write in the future.


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Brownout 666: or the Real Meaning of the Swastika [PDF] ✪ Brownout 666: or the Real Meaning of the Swastika Author John Richard Spencer – Thomashillier.co.uk In the land of flaunted sex, money, and flexible rules, an ambitious but lonely Rick Daly faces his demons
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